Just before Little Squirrel, a young woman of the People, departs on her Vision Quest, her adopted father warns her of a prophetic dream he had of her facing grave danger. She goes anyway, determined to claim her birthright, embrace her Spirit Animal, and gain the right to choose a mate. Her adopted brother, Artan, and her best friend, Spark, join forces to go after her, even though they are bitter rivals for her affections.
Kella, a young woman of the Queensrealm, unexpectedly finds herself falling for a handsome yet mysterious young man named Jaereth. But because men in the Queensrealm are slaves and considered little more than animals, their love is forbidden. Nevertheless, they find themselves irresistibly drawn to one another.
Unbeknownst to Little Squirrel, Kella, and their friends, they have been Chosen by spirit beings who were once human as pawns in a deadly Game. These unseen game-makers have given each pawn a special ability and set them against each other, but the Game itself hides a much more sinister plot. When these very different worlds collide and the Game gets real, will the ‘gods’ who love them turn on each other in order to save their Chosen? And who is the Dark Lady, who will stop at nothing to take her revenge?